Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 6/11/12

The NFL has suspended Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson for the first three games of the NFL 2012 season for his drug conviction involving a marijuana shipment to his home last year, the league announced Monday.

Simpson apparently violated the league's substance-abuse policy by dealing in the drugs rather than taking them. They also fined him one game check, which means he'll be forfeiting almost one-fourth of his $800,000 salary for the 2012 season.

He does however, get to take part in all preseason practices and games, but will begin his suspension on week one against Jacksonville.

Simpson was charged when authorities tracked a shipment of 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana to his Kentucky home last September. When they searched his house, they found another pound. That's a lot of weed.

Simpson got off light at his sentencing, (only getting 15 days in jail, 3 years of probation, 200 hours of community service and fined  $7,500), and he will get off pretty lightly by the NFL. He left Cincinnati to take a one year deal with the Vikings, and will begin his career with the team on suspension. 

"It's kind of frustrating" "I won't be out there with my guys playing the game I love, but it's the technicality of my situation," Simpson said.

Simpson had decent season last year, with three 100-yard games last year.

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